Plato’s Allegory of the Cave in his “Republic” remains a classic parable of human nature. Here, prisoners in an underground cave mistake shadows on the wall with reality. They confuse the superficial for truth. Their screen altar, fashioned well before our devices, is their universe.
This blunder has played out through time. Study history and you study human nature. Now, during the most devastating public health crisis in over a century, our shadows on the wall are about “individual rights.”